Review: Quality Control

Brought to you by Tin Mirror Productions, in a society where each clone life is disposable, one clone must fight for his continued existence. Directed by Joe LoBianco, written by Ammar Salmi and starring: Jason Andriola, Trevor James, Kenny Mahoney, Chelsea Quaranta, Charlie Sausa and Kim Solomine.

A strong opening is always an important factor in a short film, with a limited amount of time to make an impact the first few moments are vital; something which Joe LoBianco seems to be very aware of because the striking visuals of the opening credits grab your attention immediately. As the story begins it isn’t instantly clear what is going to happen to Clone #36 (Kenny Mahoney) or what he’s really done to get here but as soon as he steps into the dark, bare room you know it’s nothing good. The strong sense of self-preservation that’s being portrayed by Mahoney, despite the very little that’s known about the clone, manages to make you almost feel protective of him, you want him to survive and instantly you’re invested in the outcome.

The more surprising factor of the film is the structure of the story, Salmi has written a drama with an edge of futuristic sci-fi rather than the other way around, they’re aspects as a means to tell the story instead of something more unnecessarily complicated and vapid. The dialogue is relatively simple but it gives a good focus, one man holding the life of another (albeit a clone) in his hands, a man who is basically a faceless bureaucrat simply wanting to get the job done. Whoever’s choice it was to demonstrate that by having Auditor 451’s (Sausa) desk inhabited by toy dinosaurs is simply brilliant, it’s unusual but at the same time as soon as you see it, it makes perfect sense both for adding a little comedic value and irony.

Quality Control has a clear strong style running throughout, it’s minimalistic and takes real advantage of negative space to spearhead your focus and gain your sympathy, it massively enhances not only the visuals but also the plot; it manages to make a story about clones unexpectedly meaningful, it’s effective and most of all it’s enjoyable. 

Verdict: 8/10


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